Japanese Gardens -Stones And Rocks Part Two

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Hi,

Thanks for coming back to my Japanese garden blog.Today’s post as promised concentrates on the 5 Types of stones that can be used in Japanese garden design. We have a FREE video on ‘Making A Japanese Garden’ at our new design and landscaping information website for Japanese and Zen gardens. You can get to see the video by going to this website: www.makingajapanesegarden.com

So, on with todays post.There are 5 main types of stone groupings in a Japanese rock garden and each type has a name and a meaning. These stones and rocks can be used in many combinations so if you are thinking of designing your own Japanese rock garden or adding to what you already have there is plenty of scope for creativity!

The first type of stone is the ‘Soul Stone’ it is low and vertical. Secondly, is the ‘Body Stone’ which is as a rule tall and vertical in shape. The third type of stone is called ‘The Heart Stone’ or ‘Flat Stone’ – and that’s exactly what it is. Fourthly, is the ‘Branching Stone ‘ or Arching stone and last but not least is the ‘Ox Stone’ which can also be known as the ‘reclining’ stone.

All of these stones are included in Japanese rock gardens and Japanese gardens because of their ‘positive’ meaning and influence but, as you know in life for every positive there is usually a negative and so it is in Japanese gardens. ‘Bad’ stones and rocks can be put into 3 categories and these are never used in Japanese rock gardens. Firstly, there are ‘Diseased Stones’ these are stones that are withered or have a misshapen top. Secondly, comes the ‘Dead Stone’ this is a stone that is obviously used as a horizontal one and vice versa and finally, the ‘Pauper Stone’ which is a stone that has no direct connection to any other stones in the garden.

To find out more about rocks and stones in Japanese gardens try our extensive manual at : www.japzengarden.org

Have a great day.

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4 thoughts on “Japanese Gardens -Stones And Rocks Part Two

    zen garden design said:
    February 22, 2011 at 6:40 am

    All of these stones are included in Japanese rock gardens and Japanese gardens because of their ‘positive’ meaning and influence but, as you know in life for every positive there is usually a negative and so it is in Japanese gardens.

      japzen responded:
      March 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      I cannot disagree but as you may know the meaning of stones and rocks in a Japanese garden is all part of their inclusion in the design.

    Matt said:
    April 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I was wondering if you could comment on the placement of these 5 types of stone within a Japanese garden. The description of the “Heart Stone” sounds like this is the type of stone traditionally placed in front of a water basin. Which stone types are used for other key locations like underneath a lantern, entrance of a bridge, and steps into a home?

      japzen responded:
      October 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Hi,
      Thanks for your interest. Stones and Rocks are REALLY significant in Japanese garden design. On this blog there are articles and it is fully covered in our manual – infact in great detail. Our design website has a free video that you may find helpful and lots of information to see it go to : http://wwwmakingajapanesegarden.com
      Any further queries do not hesitate to get in touch.
      Russ

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